Monday, January 28, 2013
2014 OT Davis talks TAMU commitment
By Sam Khan Jr.
The offers are coming fast and furiously now for 2014 prospect Kealvin Davis.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle from Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial, has seen several major programs extend scholarship offers to him in recent weeks. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor were among those who recently offered Davis. The latest two did so on Monday, when coaches from both Oregon and TCU were on campus.
But the Horned Frogs and Ducks turned out to be a day late, because Davis already decided where he wants to spend his college future.
The rising junior prospect committed to Texas A&M during its junior day Sunday for several reasons.
"It's got everything I want," Davis said. "Even though I wanted to be a little further away from home, I think it fit just perfect where I can still get to home if I have to. I think that played a big part in it. And just the fact that it feels more like a family atmosphere than an actual football team. Some football teams don't feel like a family. They don't have that family structure or family vibe. At A&M they do and what they base things off of. I feel like I'm at home there. That really gave me the confidence to know that this is where I want to be."
Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin wasn't looking for an immediate answer from Davis when he offered the rising 2014 prospect a scholarship when the pair sat in Sumlin's office on Sunday. He got one anyways.
"He was saying that I didn't have to let him know right now but he didn't know that at the time, I had already made up my mind," Davis said. "That's the moment I was waiting for, to let him know that I wanted to be there. I told him 'Coach, I want to be here.'"
It was all smiles and hugs after that. Davis, who was recruited by Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty, was first identified by Beaty when he saw the prospect practice during spring drills at Lakeview Centennial. Davis attended an offensive lineman/defensive lineman camp at Texas A&M in July and shined. From there it was seemingly only a matter of time until the Aggies offered.
Irving, Texas, offensive tackle Kealvin Davis jumped on Texas A&M's junior day offer, committing to the Aggies.
"Coach Beaty came and watched me practice [in the spring]," Davis said. "We kept in contact. They sent me letters and stuff. I finally got to come down there for a camp and I showed up and took care of business. Everything was smooth sailing after that. I just have nothing but good things to say about them."
"We have a good relationship," Davis said of Beaty. "We stay in contact all the time. He's an overall good guy. I can't ask for more from him. He's a really good guy."
Davis said the success that Texas A&M had in its inaugural SEC season also played a significant role in how he viewed and felt about the Aggies.
"Yes sir, it influenced it a lot," Davis said. "That's just letting me know that they're on the right path and they're going nowhere but up. I have the opportunity to play for a good team and excel even higher and be a part of that and that's what I want to do."
Seeing the Oregon coaches and TCU head coach Gary Patterson on his campus Monday sent Davis a clear message: that even though he's committed, teams will continue to pursue him. He was planning to go to a junior day at Baylor but said he is reconsidering and will decide later this week if he will still attend.
It's quite an experience for Davis right now, who is the seventh member of Texas A&M's 2014 recruiting class.
"They're still coming in," he said. "I had coaches come by today. It's going to be crazy. You know it's not going to stop until I sign that letter of intent. They're not going to stop and they're going to heavily recruit me. The head coach at TCU, Gary Patterson, came by today and the Oregon coaches came down to see me and express their interest toward me and everything. Right now, I'm just sitting back and taking it all in.
"It was a good experience meeting them. They're not going to stop and I know that's for sure. It was overall a good experience. They were on my radar but by time they came down, it was a little too late."